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What Family Values Will You Pass On?

As a child, it's your parents' job to teach you values -- all the things that shape you into a strong, confident person so you have the tools to make the right decisions.

Some examples of general values are:

  • Individuality: Being confident about yourself
  • Integrity and Responsibility: Doing the right thing
  • Compassion: Helping others
  • Tolerance and Respect: Accepting other people's differences
  • Honesty: Being truthful to others and to yourself
  • Courage: To try new things and take risks
  • Generosity: Sharing and Giving to others
  • Faith: This could be religious, but it doesn't have to be

Of course we all have specific values that we learned from our family. My parents taught me to "Always call your Grandmother at least once a week," or "If you borrow something, always return it in the same shape you received it," and "Be kind to animals," and my mom's personal favorite, "No TV while eating dinner." These values have stuck with me, and I know someday when I have kids, I'll definitely pass them on to them.

So I was wondering what did you learn from your parents that you plan on passing on to your children?


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